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UWI Open Campus Participates in Teaching Forum

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, October 24, 2014

The UWI Open Campus Participates in 2014 Innovations in Teaching Forum

Under the theme, A 21st Century Teacher for a 21st Century Generation – “Breaking the Poverty Cycle”,the Forum for Innovations in Teaching 2014 was held at the National Arena in Jamaica on October 10 and 11, 2014. The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus was invited to participate, along with its sister campus at Mona to showcase the skill-sets and teaching and training opportunities available at the institution for developing 21st century teaching and learning competencies for future job placement and advancement. The forum facilitated a broad assessment of the educational technology landscape at different levels of the education system. The forum also provided insights into the possible technology drivers of productivity and innovation.


Policy makers, educators and students from all levels of the educational system in Jamaica were in attendance as exhibitors and consumers over the two days. There were many opportunities for interaction and a platform for dialogue between government, business and education stakeholders about the actions being taken in education and the resources required to improve economic prosperity through teaching innovations.

The UWI Open Campus’s primary focus at the forum and exhibition was providing information about its regional and local programmes in Jamaica. There was much interest from local teachers in training and in-service practitioners about the academic programmes and certification available from the campus. The campus also gained interesting insights into the correlation between the local programme offerings and the Ministry of Education’s salary incentive for additional training. This awareness provides the Open Campus with an opportunity for research into workforce development options for private and public sector entities in Jamaica and across the Caribbean region. Further, new contacts were established and new opportunities emerged for the UWI Open Campus to increase services to underserved communities across Jamaica.


Some of the many visitors to the Open Campus display included Mr. Andrew Holness, the Opposition Leader and Spokesperson on Education in Jamaica. He took the time to share his ideas about the role that The UWI Open Campus is playing in education in Jamaica and the Caribbean region. The Forum for Innovations in Teaching 2014 was enriched by the valuable contributions of all those who supported the improvements in teaching and learning and technological innovations to lead national and regional development and innovation through new products, processes and services.


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